Official-looking letters warning residents on Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah to be on alert for a gang of armed robbers trying to gain entry to homes by masquerading as DEWA workers have been dismissed as bogus by the utility authority.
Framed notices, which have recently appeared in prominent areas around the manmade island, warned that "three or four guys may visit your home claiming they are from DEWA/SEWA, to install shower caps, to save water".
The notice went on to claim the gang had "been spotted in several areas" and warned residents not to let them access homes.
"Please do not let them into your homes. They are robbers robbing people at gun-point. Please broadcast to all your contacts, you may save a life," the notices read.
Following an enquiry by Arabian Business, Nafisa Abazar Tunkiwala, the DEWA executive named in the notices, confirmed the warnings were not genuine and had not been authorised by the utility provider.
The owners' association named in the letter could not be contacted for comment at the time of publication.